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Pets For Life

The Pets for Life (PFL) program reaches out to people in under-served communities to extend free pet care resources, services, and information. The PFL model incorporates strategic door-to-door outreach, builds a consistent community presence, and uses an extensive follow-up process to build solid relationships and trust within a segment of the pet-owning population that has largely gone untouched by animal service providers. The HSUS operates direct care PFL programs in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Chicago and Los Angeles and provides mentorship and training to other organizations who want to incorporate community outreach into their work and create sustainable change.

 

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Tools to Bring Pets for Life to Your Community

The Pets for Life Community Outreach Toolkit is a product of The HSUS' Pets for Life program, supported by PetSmart Charities. This step-by-step manual guides animal care and social welfare advocates through development and implementation of a pioneering community outreach program.

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  • Blog Post

    Moving Past Assumptions to Better Understand and Support Pet Owners

    Photo by Lee Schilling

    Amanda Arrington, HSUS Pets for Life director, urges the importance of inclusion and access for all pet owners

    Have you ever had a moment when someone you cared about was hurt or upset, and you felt like there was nothing you could do about it? Remember the sense of helplessness you had?
     
    I do. That sense of watching a loved one suffer and being unable to improve the situation is a horrible feeling. Most of us have experienced it—and unfortunately, people who live in poverty experience it frequently.
     

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  • Magazine Article

    Tapping Into the Power of People

    By engaging the community in Tree House Humane Society’s TNR program, Jenny Schlueter (right) says she likes to “imagine cats bridging the divide between people.”

    An open, inclusive approach to community cat management spurs positive results

    Jenny Schlueter, a self-professed “cat lady,” is also a people-person. You know the type—always ready with a sunny smile and genuinely happy to meet someone new. If that description doesn’t fit you to a T, you’re not alone. But Schlueter’s experiences can help even the most introverted cat advocate see the benefits of engaging with people.

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  • Training/Event

    Pets for Life: Building Capacity and Infrastructure for Program Success

    The Humane Society of the United States

    Partner identification and engagement is critical when creating and implementing a community outreach program. In this archived webinar, learn how to connect with other organizations, veterinarians, volunteers, donors and more to make your work effective and sustainable.

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  • Training/Event

    Pets for Life: Strategic Community Outreach

    The Humane Society of the United States

    Discover how community outreach can be part of your organization and how reaching out to under-served areas and building positive relationships with pet owners can improve your work and the quality of life for pets in your community. 

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  • Training/Event

    Pets for Life: The Impact of Poverty on Pets

    The Humane Society of the United States

    With 1 in 6 Americans living in poverty and 60% of Americans having at least one pet, poverty has a large impact on dogs and cats every day. Develop a better understanding of what this means for companion animals in your community and learn how to best provide information and resources to this audience of pet owners.

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  • Training/Event

    Supporting Community Cats, Community Level: Connecting with Cats & Caretakers: The Pets for Life Program

    The HSUS & PetSmart Charities

    Once all the resources like trappers, spay/neuter provider and equipment are in place, you still have to find the cats and connect with their caretakers. Pets for Life has pioneered outreach in underserved communities and will show you practical, achievable strategies for building trust and getting more cats spayed/neutered and vaccinated.

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